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Ben Katchor’s comic strip, Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer, carried weekly in Washington City Paper (well…whenever Katchor sends it to us, anyway), is a true love-it-or-hate-it phenomenon. Some folks just don’t get it, and some who claim to get it think it’s just the same joke over and over. But Katchor’s eye and ear for the details of the urban America he lovingly conjures (nearly gone in reality, robust in his unnamed quasi–New York), from the names of ethnic-owned coffee shops to the cadence of speech of first-generation citydwellers to the unlikely businesses operating in his unfashionable commercial districts, consistently provide new insights (however minuscule) into the cultural cost of the ongoing suburbanization and homogenization of American life. Katchor will be presenting “The Wonders of Salvage,” a slide show synchronized to the radio version of the strip, in celebration of the publication of his new collection, Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories, at 7 p.m. at Borders, 18th & L Sts. NW. FREE. (202) 466-4999. (James Lochart)